About Robert Adler
Robert Adler’s love of photography began as a child when he started to take pictures of his surroundings with a Brownie Holiday camera. By age 11 he had built his own darkroom and learned the fundamentals of processing and printing Black and White photographs. Later, in college his classes in communications rekindled his photography flame. He picked up the camera again and began a career as a photographer that has lasted over 30 years.
After graduating from Temple University, Robert traveled throughout Europe and on returning home to Philadelphia, he got his professional start working as an assistant in a large commercial photography studio. After leaving that job, he began freelancing as a photojournalist and a commercial corporate photographer which he continues to do up to the present time.
In 1974, Robert had a chance opportunity to photograph the strippers who worked at the landmark Philadelphia Burlesque Theater, The Troc. These were the last days of burlesque and the series, Burlesque has been published as a book, won awards and has been exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally.
The experience of working with the women at the Troc, deeply affected him and created a desire to explore and document the sexual underground which inspires Robert to this day.
In the intervening years, Robert has had numerous exhibitions of his work and his photographs have been reproduced in books and magazines both here and abroad. Prints from the Burlesque series are in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas Nevada.
Robert lives and works in San Francisco.
1976 AIGA Juried Photography Exhibition - New York, NY
2001 Group Exhibition - Club 181 – San Francisco CA
2003 Paris Photo – Louvre Museum, Paris France - Represented by Galerie 1900-2000
2004 Group Exhibition – Shooting Gallery - San Francisco CA
2008 Solo Exhibition – Hyde Street Gallery –San Francisco CA
2012 Group Exhibition - Photo Art Gallery - Oakland CA
2014 Group Exhibition - Photo Independent - Coagula Curatorial - Los Angeles CA
2015 Group Exhibition - EMS NUDE SURVEY 1 - Jamie Brooks Gallery - Costa Mesa CA
2018 Group Exhibition - Something Personal - American Photographic Artists - San Francisco CA
2019 Group Exhibition - Something Personal - American Photographic Artists - San Francisco CA
Prints from the Burlesque series are in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas Nevada
1995 SAN FRANCISCO NUDE, Seibundo Shinkosha
2004 BURLESQUE, Catapult Books
2011 THE NEW EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY, Taschen
2017 DUNGEON GODDESSES, Catapult Books
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Silver gelatin fiber and archival pigment prints of some of these images are available.
Sizes range from 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20
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